quelea

[ kwee-lee-uh ]
/ ˈkwi li ə /

noun

any of several African weaverbirds of the genus Quelea, especially Q. quelea (red-billed quelea), noted for its vast flocks that destroy grain crops.

Nearby words

  1. queer-bashing,
  2. queerly,
  3. queerness,
  4. queersplain,
  5. quelch,
  6. quelimane,
  7. quell,
  8. queller,
  9. quellung reaction,
  10. quelpart

Origin of quelea

1925–30; < New Latin: genus name (1850; earlier as a species name), perhaps alteration of Medieval Latin qualea quail

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